About Karen

I have been creating illustrations, paintings and murals for over 25 years as a published illustrator of children’s books, magazines, and a line of coloring cards and note cards. My murals can be viewed around Bellingham, WA: outside on the back of Pepper Sisters Restaurant, many of the Mc Donald’s Play Places in Whatcom County. These are in addition to all the numerous residential murals in this area, Seattle and around the country.

My inspiration comes from different elements in our environment such as nature, form, texture, and color. The love of experimentation with different styles, mediums and subjects is an integral part of my work. For 12 years I painted murals in model homes for a developer in Seattle. Each new housing development had multiple homes built near the sales office, all with different themes and color schemes. It was in this environment that the love of using various styles and ways to work was born and nurtured. It is my belief that the variety in the creative process and the different ways to “see” have kept my artistic fire going and growing throughout my years an artist. I look forward to where my brush will take me in the future!

karen theusen working on painting in studio

We absolutely and highly recommend anyone wanting a portrait of their beloved 4-legged kids to have Karen paint it! Her painting of Tucker is stunning! So much detail, looks lifelike too. I have it on my wall where we can see it and remember him as he was always….with a ball in his mouth. Thank you Karen Theusen!!

Vivian Strong

painting of larrabee st park

Exhibitions

Exhibitions


Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

  • Bellingham Artwalk, on going monthly Event – First Friday of each month is the Bellingham Art Walk from 6pm to 9:30pm. Check Bellingham Art Walk map online to see if my sudio is open that month and what visiting artist might be joining me.
  • Gallery North Edmonds – 401 Main Street, Edmonds, WA. (my paintings, cards and prints are available for sale at this location, exhibit changes each month) This location is also open for Edmonds monthly art walk every third Thursday. More info: gallerynorthedmonds.com
  • 2021 Whatcom Artists Studio Tour Group Shows – Whatcom County Art Museum, Jansen Art Center, Allied Arts Gallery, coming in fall of 2021. The specific dates will be posted as soon as they are determined.

Exhibitions

  • 2020 Whatcom Artists Studio Tour Group Shows – Whatcom County Art Museum, Jansen Art Center, Allied Arts Gallery, were in fall of 2020. Due to Covid restrictions the Studio Tour was virtual and visits to the artists studios was by appointment only.
  • 2019 Whatcom County Art Museum  Whatcom Artists Studio Tour Artist Reception, Friday August 2nd 6pm-9:30pm, Bellingham, WA, Show will be open for viewing through September 2019.
  • 2019 Jansen Art Center  Whatcom Artists Studio Tour Group Show Artist Reception, Thursday September 5th 6pm-8pm, Lynden, WA, Show will be open for viewing September through November, 2019.
  • 2019 Whatcom Artists Studio Tour  October 5 & 6, and 12 & 13, Whatcom County, WA
  • 2019 NW Art Beat  July 20 & 21, 2019 10am-6pm, Skagit County, WA
  • 2018 Bellwood Acres  Solo Show, September 16 – October 31, Lynden, WA
  • 2018 Jansen Art Center  WAST Group Show, September-November, Lynden, WA
  • 2018 Whatcom Artists Studio Tour  October 6, 7 & 13, 14, Bellingham, WA.
  • 2018 Whatcom Art Museum  WAST Group Show, September, Bellingham, WA
  • 2018 Fourth Corner Frames  Group Show featuring Pet Portraiture, “A Member of the Family”, show opens August 3rd 6pm-9pm, Bellingham, WA during the Downtown Bellingham Artwalk.
  • 2018 Davenport Cellars  Solo Show, May-August, Woodinville, WA
  • 2017 Whatcom Artists Studio Tour  October 7, 8 & 14, 16, Bellingham, WA
  • 2017 Whatcom Museum  WAST Group Show, August-September, Bellingham, WA
  • 2017 Bellewood Acres – Solo Show, July & August, Lynden, WA
  • 2017 Rockwood Realty  Solo Show, June – September, Lynden, WA
  • 2016 Whatcom Artists Studio Tour  October 1, 2 & 8, 9, Bellingham, WA
  • 2016 Jansen Art Center  Group Late Summer Show, August 4-30th, Lynden, WA
  • 2015 Whatcom Artists Studio Tour  October 3, 4 & 10, 11, Bellingham, WA
  • 2015 Jansen Art Center  Group show for Whatcom Artists Studio Tour, October, Lynden, WA
  • 2015 Dakota Gallery  Group show for Whatcom Artists Studio Tour, October, Bellingham, WA
  • 2015 Book Fare Cafe  Group show for Whatcom Artists Studio Tour, Bellingham, WA
  • 2015 Bellewood Acres  Group show for Whatcom Artists Studio Tour, Lynden, WA
  • 2014 Jansen Art Center  Group Summer Show, Lynden, WA
  • 2013 Jansen Art Center  Group Summer Show, Lynden, WA
  • 2011 Fate of the Forest  Group show at Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA

Education

  • BFA  Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA
  • AAA  Art Institute of Design, Seattle, WA
  • Project Management Certificate, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA

Interested in a custom pet portrait or painting?